A few more days
Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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it was pouring with rain when we awoke so took us ages to eventually get out of the van for a last look at the dolphins...so pleased we did there were about 12 now all playing in the bay and more were jumping out of the water and splashing their tails onto the waves...awesome and so close to us.. then 3 guys wuth surf boards paddled out ..there are signs to say do not approach or scare or try to swim with the dolphins...so they just paddled near and waited..and sure enough after about 15mins slowly each dolphin swam towards them and were playing and swimming between them not 3ft away...we watched in amazement the dolphins wanted to play...sooooo awesome..then the dolphins surfed on the waves with them..all spontaneous and unplanned awesome...
then 120km drive to invergargill and lunch by a very well kept park it was still rather damp but we had a quick walk before driving out to sandy point and staying in a lay by for the night..
the sun shone over the river where we had parked and we were woken by the sound of engines...we had stopped right next to Teretonga motor racing circuit and today was race day...so after breakfast we drove past the track to see loads of stock cars and dragsters practising for the afternoon meet..interesting..
we then headed to bluff the most southerly point in new zealand with its own landsend cafe.a great 2.5hr walk round the headland with great views to stewart island, ruapuke island and dog island and at the tip we saw 2 albatroses swooping and soaring over the water they were huge...never seen them before ...this is an awesome holiday....
we spent the night in riverton golf course car park..a cute little fishing village just north of bluff..
before leaving riverton we drove to the headland to watch waves lashing onto the rugged coastline..
lunch was clifden suspension bridge built in 1899 and closed to traffic now and also where the numbered highway ends.. we drove on to manapouri where we got our first glimpse of the snow capped hunter mountains and cathedral peaks..and then on to te anau a more lively town with three camp sites a large shopping centre and a cinema..we choose the camp site next to the lake and enjoyed the views as we ate dinner..